A Journey in Love
The main teaching resource used at Bishop Ellis is called ‘A Journey in Love’. It was written by Sister Jude Groden who is a Primary R.E. Adviser for the Brentwood Diocese. This teaching resource has as its foundational premise the belief that we are made in the image and likeness of God and, as a consequence, gender and sexuality are God’s gift, reflect God’s beauty and share in the divine creativity.
In order that children may grow and develop healthily and holistically towards an understanding of their gender and its implications for successful relationships, they must be at ease with themselves and grow in self-knowledge.
An aspect of the mystery of love is treated in each year group as the children progress through the school; the children are encouraged to marvel at the wonder and beauty of God’s creative love. This is reflected in each stage of a child’s growth in Primary years though a series of suggested, progressive and developmental tasks, activities and reflections which focus on physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development.
The programme outlined in ‘A Journey in Love’ is a reconciliation between the human and divine aspects of love and is truly fully Christian in its vision. This vision is none other than the Kingdom of God, summed up by Jesus in the double commandments of loving God and our neighbour as ourselves.
'A Journey in Love' Development
RECEPTION - God loves each of us in our uniqueness
YEAR 1 - We meet God's love in our family
YEAR 2 - We meet God's love in the community
YEAR 3 - How we live in love
YEAR 4 - God loves us in our differences
YEAR 5 - Gods loves me in my changing and development
YEAR 6 - The wonder of God's love in creating new life